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McAfee's Knob 


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Description 

Mcafee's Knob is one of Virginia's premiere bouldering areas. The knob is also one of the most breathtaking hiking destinations in Virginia, and holds the the reputation as having the most photographed point on the Appalachian Trail (which you use to get to the bouldering). The climbing at M-Knob is comprised of free standing and channeled sandstone blocks and labyrinths. He holds vary from crimps to slopers, and from kind to aggressive. The developed bouldering at M-Knob is all on quality stone, and you likely wont find choss unless you go looking for it.

The hike to the top can be lengthy, being 3.5 miles long and taking an hour and a half, but the pay off is substantial. the best time to climb at M-Knob is in the cooler months (especially the late fall). The summer can be quite hot and buggy, but still enjoyable if you time it right.


-check this cool video/photo compilation out to get you stoked on some Knob bouldering: www.facebook.com/l.php?u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.drtopo.com%2Fflash>>>


Getting There 

From I-81 take exit for Rt. 311 just south of Roanoke. Follow 311 S and park at the top of Catawba mountain, where the AT crosses the road. There is a large gravel lot on the left.

For roadside and approach boulders cross 311 at the southern most corner of the gravel lot and walk up fire road until it joins with the AT at approx 2.5 miles. You will see the roadside boulders immediately on the right as you start up the fire road. You can also walk the AT from the northermost corner of the gravel lot to the summit boulders. Please refer to guidebook on Dr. Topo for more details concerning the problems.


116 Total Routes


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The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for McAfee's Knob:
Roadside Arete   V2 5+     Boulder   Roadside
Warm Up Roof Left   V2 5+     Boulder, 20'   The Belly Boulder Area : Warm-Up Boulder
Firedrake   V3 6A     Boulder   Dragon Boulders : Left Dragon
Centerline   V5 6C     Boulder, 12'   Roadside
Hypertension   V5-6 6C+     Boulder, 17'   Roadside
6'-4" Arete   V6 7A     Boulder, 10'   Highball Boulders
Tremor   V6 7A     Boulder   The Corridor & Beyond : Zoloft Boulder
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Tremor V6 7A  VA : McAfee's Knob : ... : Zoloft Boulder
SO GOOD!!find the low left facing corner at the base of the boulder to SDS in. Match the thin crimp seam and pull a difficult start up to better slots. make a long move off on incuts to the lip. match lip to top out left through huge jugs....[more]   Browse More Classics in VA

Photos of McAfee's Knob Slideshow Add Photo
Aaron James Parlier on "Domino" (V7)
Aaron James Parlier on "Domino" (V7)
The Warm-Up Boulder roof near the overlook, in the Belly Boulder Area
The Warm-Up Boulder roof near the overlook, in the...
Aaron James Parlier on "Domino" (V7)
Aaron James Parlier on "Domino" (V7)
Aaron James Parlier in The Corridor.
Aaron James Parlier in The Corridor.
Austin's Seam (v7) at McAfee Knob, VA
Austin's Seam (v7) at McAfee Knob, VA
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By M.Dubo
Mar 30, 2011

dude...this is sweetness...thanks for your work on this area!
keep rockin'!

By Aaron James Parlier
Administrator
From: Boone, NC / Grayson, VA
Mar 30, 2011

No problem man! It'll take time to do along with my development in GHSP ramping up, but eventually Ill get it done. Thanks, and keep up what your doing as well. VA's starting to look good!

By Smirdok
From: Atkins, VA
Apr 6, 2011

I can never emphasize enough just how truly amazing this place is. Thanks again Aaron for letting me know this page exists...

By Aaron James Parlier
Administrator
From: Boone, NC / Grayson, VA
Apr 6, 2011

No prob Curt, its pretty spectacular! Even though we barely missed the thunderstorm of the century on the way out...

By Aaron James Parlier
Administrator
From: Boone, NC / Grayson, VA
Apr 11, 2011

Thanks for the heads up Travis! sounds horrible... hopefully that will soon pass.

By Jay Shultis
Administrator
From: Blacksburg VA
Apr 26, 2011

We tried to climb on Saturday the 23rd and the gnats or whatever they are were pretty horrible at the top... really it was the wetness that made us quit because evrything is seeping, but we managed to get on a couple things. The prime season has ended pretty early it looks... wet spring now bugs, hopefully fall will be better for you guys!

By Aaron James Parlier
Administrator
From: Boone, NC / Grayson, VA
Apr 27, 2011

Thanks for all of the updates and info Jay. Keep em coming!

You should really try to make it out to GHSP this summer. Perfect camping, temps, and features. There are also plenty of attraction and trails to keep anyone occupied whether they climb or not.

By Michael Albanese
From: Springfield, VA
Feb 19, 2012

The link to the guidebook isn't working for me, here's the url if anyone else is having the same problem.

www.drtopo.com/submitted/mcafee.pdf

By Aaron James Parlier
Administrator
From: Boone, NC / Grayson, VA
Feb 19, 2012

Thanks Michael!